With the rapid development of China’s economy, business aviation is viewed by many in the country as a so-called “Blue Ocean industry” with vast potential. As estimated by Embraer in its last market forecast, by 2020 China may represent a market for as many as 635 business jets. Bombardier is even more optimistic, projecting a need for almost 1,000 more business jets in the coming decade.
Aviation in China
Soloy Aviation Solutions (Booth No. N3230) announced here at Heli-Expo that its efforts to sell Honeywell engine conversion kits for Chinese-registered Eurocopter AS350B2s have gotten the green light from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). CAAC issued a validation STC for the modification approving the replacement of the helicopter’s standard Turbomeca engine with the Honeywell LTS101-700D-2. The approval will allow Olympia, Wash.-based Soloy to proceed with negotiations to sell multiple conversion kits to owners of any Chinese-registered AS350B2.
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada-based Flying Colours reports that since the ABACE 2012 show it has delivered four Bombardier Challenger 850s to Asia and has another five Challenger 850s in the pipeline, with completion and delivery to China planned within the next 12 months. In addition, the company has completed two major Global Express refurbishments for Chinese-based clients in the last year. By year-end, Flying Colours will have delivered a total of 15 Challenger 850s to China.
This year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), which will take place at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport from April 16 to 18, will once again bring together numerous parties who are hopeful that the business aviation market in this vast, fast-growing country will open up and boom. The event is a joint venture among NBAA, the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), Shanghai Exhibition Center and the Shanghai Airport Authority.
With deliveries of Boeing’s 787 suspended pending an FAA review prompted by a string of technical problems, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has still not completed certification of the new widebody.
Rockwell Collins China managing director Ron Ho believes business for aircraft head-up displays (HUD) in China will soon be looking up. “We have been working with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for the past 10 years on the HUD project,” he explained.
StandardAero Components has renewed its Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certification and obtained a new authorization from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation. StandardAero Components currently holds FAA, EASA and CAAC 145 certification for GE, CFM, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce and Honeywell powerplants.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted Part 145 maintenance approval to ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China in a move that significantly boosts the country’s still limited maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability for business aircraft. The joint venture between Switzerland-based ExecuJet Aviation and Tianjin Haite is now cleared to provide support for most Bombardier executive jets.
It is testament to how seriously the China market takes its fledgling general-aviation industry that key players from the China Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) took to the stage for one of the conference sessions here at the ABACE show yesterday.
This year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace) has been a real eye-opener for a Westerner whose last visit to China was in 2003. Shanghai, where Abace 2012 is being held (it ends on March 29) at host airport Hongqiao International, is a beautiful and huge city.